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RATINGS: 1747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic sea fairing ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (3065) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle from Ölbutikken. Pours brownish without a head. Oily, buttery and som wood. To tame to be interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from De Molen beer shop. Clear russet, lasting dark beige. Some strong intense malt with some bourbon on the aroma. Better in mouth, the malts are strong and syrupy and some very good ESB style malts. Bourbon is present but not over the top or unbalanced. Some vanilla comes through. Alcohol is really well hidden with just some fullness. Hops on end are good, slightly bitter and hide any burn. Stupidly drinkable. Pretty decent beer, if not exactly the kind of thing that I would normally like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2009
Low head on an amber brown body. This is an excellent beer ! Well balanced, savoury, not too strong, this brew has it all ! It is welle suited for all seasons. A real pleasure !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Poured from bottle into Snifter. Slightly hazy dark amber-brown, almost has a pinkish-red tint in the light. Thin head, slight lacing. Sweet and malty aroma - dark fruits (plum?, raisins?) and bourbon. Some alcohol and English hops detected. Sweet malt goodness. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, plum and raisins with a slight English hop counterbalance, which is most noteworthy on the aftertaste. After warming more, I swear I tasted coconut. Low carbonation, with a full, smooth, slightly chewy body. Nice warming effect. Another good sipping beer from Founders, who continues to impress me. Watch out Bell’s!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2009
12oz. bottle at home: Pours a nice dark tarnished copper with a decently creamy but fading yellowed head. Huge malt aroma bursts over the rim of the glass. Rich caramel, honey and treacle drizzled all over the mounds of malt. Toasted light brown bread crumbled on top and just a pinch of herbal hop for garnish. All topped off with a shot of whiskey malt. The massive malt continues on the tongue with a quick hop burst. The sweet caramel, and toasted malt notes push the hops to the side and roll on to the back. Medium-full bodied brew offers a nice creaminess as it glides over the tongue. As the beer reaches the back it thins out with alcohol and rockets down your throat with a nice warming effect. The hops then jump on this chance to pop back up in to the back-sides of your mouth. The hops and pure caramel stick around and have a party until the next sip arrives. Thats a nice beer. Just a touch less alcohol and this would be a truly amazing story.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flyingdutch (2) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2009 does not count
Poured a deep amber with little to no head. Bourbon, and floral scent. Complex malty taste with a high hop. Taste lasts, is not bitter and leaves a clean fresh finish. Would recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2009
After searching for this beer high and low it was finally found and was well worth the trouble and the wait. Poured a dark muddy brown and was thick with floaties - nice creamy but thin white head. Aroma was malty with a whisky hint. Taste was Very Malty with more than a whisky hint. I love the Dirty Bastard by Founders and this was everything I hoped it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5676) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Nice ruby-tinted amber coloured body with a clear glow and a very thin tan head. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, raisins, vanilla, oak, whiskey and more pit fruits - very nice albeit super potent. Medium to Full-bodied; Assertive alcohol, whiskey and malt up front with a pleasant pit fruit taste behind along with some vanilla and oak flavours still staying put. Aftertaste shows a good amount of raisins and pit fruits, but the alcohol and oak come crashing through. Overall, a good beer - almost more of an oak-aged barley wine, but still a good beer nonetheless. I samped this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington DC on 25-July-2009, sampled at home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 24-October-2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Appearance: Deep, slightly hazy amber with a small, foamy, light tan head. The head is gone very quickly, leaving a very still pool of brew. Aroma: Earthy with a touch of paper, a bit of bourbon, slight perfume notes, and a little nuttiness. Flavor: Big boozy wood notes, some bourbon, a solid back bitterness provided by herbal hops, and then very sweet with malt. Heavy and rich. Palate: Medium, smooth carbonation with a rich, malty mouthfeel and a long, boozy finish. Suprisingly smooth given the alcohol level. Overall: A potent potable! Better have this one at the end of the night as you night will surely end after a few of these. Very rich and heavy with the booze. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a white head. Left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and malts. Flavor is sweet, then tart. Very good, and very easy to drink even though a higher ABV. Great beer.

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